I am writing to let you know that I will be visiting your city in two weeks along with several of my friends to have lunch and visit the shops around downtown Henderson on Water Street. We all carry our firearms openly on a regular basis and have met at various locations around Las Vegas. In the past month, we've met on the Las Vegas Strip, downtown Las Vegas at the Fremont Street Experience, and performed community service by picking up litter in front of the LVMPD Convention Center Area Command, all while openly carrying our firearms.
I wanted to let you know that we'll be visiting your city so that you may have time to put together a memo for your officers and 911 dispatchers, if you feel it necessary. As you know, the open carry of a firearm is not illegal in the State of Nevada, and absent exigent circumstances, the presence of a firearm does not form the basis for a lawful detention of a citizen by police. It is my understanding that there was not a single call to 911 regarding "man with a gun" during any of our get-togethers, but having 911 operators trained to differentiate between a person openly carrying a firearm and a person with a firearm who is an actual threat is a good thing, just in case.
In each of our planned meet-ups, I discussed our plans to meet in Las Vegas with various officials within the LVMPD. They acknowledged the fact that an openly carried firearm is not unlawful and thanked us for providing advance notice of our plans. Las Vegas police maintained the expected level of professionalism and did not approach any law-abiding citizens, other than to thank us for our community service. In much the same way, I am hoping that by providing you with advance notice of our plans, we can avoid any unnecessary interactions between police and law-abiding citizens.
Long-term, it is desired that advance notice of our get-togethers needn't be provided to police, since we're law-abiding citizens participating in lawful activities. But given the serious nature of firearms and the relative small size of our group at present (and thus, the low likelihood your officers have encountered one of us yet), I feel it is in everyone's best interest to keep the lines of communication open and clear for now.
LVMPD created a training for their officers entitled "Open Carry" which discusses the legality of citizens carrying their firearms non-concealed, and presents officers with scenarios on how to deal with openly-carried firearms. I'm assuming LVMPD would be willing to share this course with your department if requested. I contacted Sgt John Loretto with the Public Information Office to get a copy of the training for myself. I've met with Captain Charles Hank of the Convention Center Area Command to discuss our meet-up plans, and he is also well-aware of the training in question and may be a good person to contact as well.
I request and would appreciate a reply indicating your receipt of this email.
On behalf of Chief Chambers, who is out of the office today, I wanted to respond and thank you for advance notice of your visit to our fine city. Agreed that while carrying firearms openly is not illegal, it does often surprise citizens and we do get calls inquiring about laws of such.There has been no further response.
Iāve passed along your information to our Deputy Chiefs as well. We should be able to have additional responses to you later this week.
We hope you enjoy your time and endeavors in Henderson and the surrounding areas. Thank you for your service to our communities.